Have reserved the Cozumel Off Road Adventure excursion. We are also thinking about renting a jeep on our own to tour the island. Any thoughts or suggestions to rental agencies near pier for best service and cost? Also, what would the likelihood be of these being sold out if we were to just appear at rental agency that morning.
There were 3-4 agencies on the pier. We waited until we arrived. It was very easy to do. I think it was about $55/day. We drove the entire island. We stopped where we wanted to swim/snorkel, and have lunch. We really enjoyed the freedom and felt that we saw a lot of Cozumel that way.
We rented a jeep at one of the agencies (National) right at the pier - no advance booking. About $60.......Had a ball exploring the island and enjoyed the freedom of being on our own BUT BE FOREWARNED that these folks have been known to "get the tourist" by sticking you with extra damage charges if they conveniently point out a dent or scratch upon your return of the vehicle. Make absolutely sure that you walk around the jeep with the agency rep BEFORE you take off and document very specifically any imperfections that you see. If you have a video camera with you, take a few minutes to film a close-up of your wristwatch and the car before you drive off so that you have additional proof of any damage or lack thereof. We got caught in this web of deceit and had to argue it out for about an hour after we returned the car. It was painful but we should have been more in a CYA mode at the start. Good Luck!